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  • Creating a New Search Topology in SharePoint 2013

    Creating a New Search Topology in SharePoint 2013

    Back in SharePoint 2010, we were able to modify the search topology of our farm directly in Central Admin. This has been changed in SharePoint 2013 and we now have to make these types of changes via PowerShell. Not a big deal, however, a couple things to note: You can either clone an existing topology, […]

  • SharePoint User Adoption - No Pain, No Gain

    SharePoint User Adoption – No Pain, No Gain

    SharePoint adoption is one of the hot subjects on the mind of the SharePoint community, customers and partners alike. Put simply the question of “How do we get people to use the damn thing?” has left many executives, IT Managers, Consultants and even end users confused. Of course this makes complete sense, as there is […]

  • The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade

    The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade

    Upgrading SharePoint is much more than a technical endeavor and needs to be planned and executed according to the needs that the business has. These needs can be technical but also non technical such as change management, adoption or strategy based so make sure you understand what the new version can facilitate and what it can’t.

  • Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace

    Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace

    With SharePoint 2013 recently being released one of the main interest areas is how best to apply the new features to creating Intranet or Digital Workplace (DW) solutions. I have been fortunate to team up with Step Two Designs from Australia that run the Intranet Innovation awards for a webinar to talk about exactly that!

    In this hour long presentation we will be talking about lots of new features in SharePoint 2013 as it applies to Intranet or DW solutions. With all the changes and new features in SharePoint 2013 we could probably talk for days but we are going to cover some base level features that would provide an organization instant benefit

  • The launch of Dynamic Owl Consulting

    The launch of Dynamic Owl Consulting

    I am proud to announce the launch of my consulting company – Dynamic Owl Consulting! Combining the best business and technical expertise we want to change the way that SharePoint projects are delivered to organizations by first focusing on the business issues before looking at how SharePoint can solve these challenges.
    It’s an exciting time for myself and my business partner as we embark on this journey.

  • The power of views and metadata in SharePoint

    The power of views and metadata in SharePoint

    Adoption for using metadata can be tricky but leveraging the powers of views allows you to instantly communicate the value of metadata to your users. In this article we examine why getting adoption for metadata can be difficult and how you can use views to help in this adoption issue.

  • SharePoint Document Version Options: More than meets the eye

    SharePoint Document Version Options: More than meets the eye

    This post details the different business scenarios and use cases that can be addressed by the versioning capabilities that SharePoint offers.

Planning, Requirements and Analysis

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013
[ 8 ] June 24, 2013

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013

The Datasheet view in SharePoint is one of the most used pieces of functionality in the platform for document management. In essence it allows a user to edit multiple pieces of metadata in a nice Excel format. Frankly the idea that a user will upload a single document at a time and categorize it one-by-one […]

The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade
[ 11 ] January 28, 2013

The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade

Upgrading SharePoint is much more than a technical endeavor and needs to be planned and executed according to the needs that the business has. These needs can be technical but also non technical such as change management, adoption or strategy based so make sure you understand what the new version can facilitate and what it can’t.

SharePoint Document Version Governance
[ 4 ] July 23, 2012

SharePoint Document Version Governance

This post details some items that you should consider as part of your governance plan for content versioning in SharePoint.

How To

SharePoint Date Picker
[ 0 ] July 28, 2014

Using SharePoint’s DatePicker Control

Whenever I am building anything for SharePoint, I try to leverage the OOTB SharePoint components as much as possible.  There are a few benefits to doing so: Present a UI that is familiar to the user Spend less time re-inventing the wheel and spend more time on business logic Write less code SharePoint uses a […]

Reporting on SharePoint lists with many to many relationships using Power Query
[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

Reporting on SharePoint lists with many to many relationships using Power Query

SharePoint lists are often the repository for reportable items and whether these take the form of incident reports, inventory, inspection forms or other data we are often asked to surface that information in a usable fashion for the business. I ran across a scenario this week where a client had a basic list that they wanted […]

Custom WebPart Editor
[ 0 ] May 20, 2014

Custom WebPart Editor

One of the nice things about a webpart is it’s flexibility! With a webpart, you can expose a bunch of properties to allow the user to quickly change the behavior and look of the webpart. This post will walk you through how to create a custom webpart editor with dynamic properties using an EditorPart. I […]

Case Studies

Nintex Workflow Good Practices Part One
[ 3 ] July 1, 2013

Nintex Workflow Good Practices Part One

I am a huge fan of all the Nintex products including Nintex Workflow, Nintex Live, Nintex Forms and the new Nintex Mobile. We have been using Nintex Workflow 2010 and 2013 for a number of our Dynamic Owl clients over the years and with this experience have developed some internal good practices around how to […]

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013
[ 8 ] June 24, 2013

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013

The Datasheet view in SharePoint is one of the most used pieces of functionality in the platform for document management. In essence it allows a user to edit multiple pieces of metadata in a nice Excel format. Frankly the idea that a user will upload a single document at a time and categorize it one-by-one […]

Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace
[ 3 ] January 14, 2013

Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace

With SharePoint 2013 recently being released one of the main interest areas is how best to apply the new features to creating Intranet or Digital Workplace (DW) solutions. I have been fortunate to team up with Step Two Designs from Australia that run the Intranet Innovation awards for a webinar to talk about exactly that!

In this hour long presentation we will be talking about lots of new features in SharePoint 2013 as it applies to Intranet or DW solutions. With all the changes and new features in SharePoint 2013 we could probably talk for days but we are going to cover some base level features that would provide an organization instant benefit

Change Management

Upgrade My Sites to SharePoint 2013
[ 0 ] August 14, 2013

Upgrade My Sites to SharePoint 2013

If you’re working through an upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2012, there’s a ton of information on MSDN on how to upgrade your My Sites. I’m not going to go into the specifics, but what I do what to highlight is one particular section of the <a href=”http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262483(v=office.15)”>Overview of the upgrade process to SharePoint […]

SharePoint User Adoption - No Pain, No Gain
[ 3 ] May 29, 2013

SharePoint User Adoption – No Pain, No Gain

SharePoint adoption is one of the hot subjects on the mind of the SharePoint community, customers and partners alike. Put simply the question of “How do we get people to use the damn thing?” has left many executives, IT Managers, Consultants and even end users confused. Of course this makes complete sense, as there is […]

What is SharePoint Business Value?
[ 4 ] January 31, 2012

What is SharePoint Business Value?

Trying to detail what value SharePoint will provide a business can sometimes turn into an endless parade of platitudes. Business value comes in many forms, this articles discusses just a few.

Tools and Templates

Reporting on SharePoint lists with many to many relationships using Power Query
[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

Reporting on SharePoint lists with many to many relationships using Power Query

SharePoint lists are often the repository for reportable items and whether these take the form of incident reports, inventory, inspection forms or other data we are often asked to surface that information in a usable fashion for the business. I ran across a scenario this week where a client had a basic list that they wanted […]

Custom WebPart Editor
[ 0 ] May 20, 2014

Custom WebPart Editor

One of the nice things about a webpart is it’s flexibility! With a webpart, you can expose a bunch of properties to allow the user to quickly change the behavior and look of the webpart. This post will walk you through how to create a custom webpart editor with dynamic properties using an EditorPart. I […]

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms
[ 2 ] April 7, 2014

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms

Many companies across multiple sectors have information gathering requirements that involve sending workers to gather data in remote sites. Using Nintex Mobile Forms we can construct and end to end solution that supports online/offline report generation that can be instantaneously submitted from mobile devices (tablets, phones) into SharePoint triggering a review process by Project Management. […]

General

Reporting on SharePoint lists with many to many relationships using Power Query
[ 0 ] July 9, 2014

Reporting on SharePoint lists with many to many relationships using Power Query

SharePoint lists are often the repository for reportable items and whether these take the form of incident reports, inventory, inspection forms or other data we are often asked to surface that information in a usable fashion for the business. I ran across a scenario this week where a client had a basic list that they wanted […]

Canadian Intranet Practices Survey
[ 0 ] May 20, 2014

Canadian Intranet Practices Survey

Our good friends at nForm, a consulting firm based in Edmonton that specialize in creating great user experiences, are undertaking a survey of Intranets within Canada. Now I know that many of you readers are from outside of Canada so unfortunaltey this isn’t for you However for anyone within Canada, or if you know anyone, then […]

Active Directory Groups and SharePoint Security
[ 0 ] May 12, 2014

Active Directory Groups and SharePoint Security

Working with a client recently I’d run across something that seemed pretty fundamental and widely-known (or so I thought); however, I’ve been wrong before and here was another example of exactly that. As you may be aware, Microsoft has long recommended using Active Directory Groups to manage permissions in SharePoint. Though it’s a farily technical […]

Other Recent Articles

IIS 6.0 Management

Sending email from SharePoint on-premises via Office 365

[ 1 ] July 21, 2014

Sending email from SharePoint is a fairly basic requirement for almost every installation that we come across, but with the move to hybrid and fully cloud-based email environments configuring this basic functionality becomes a little more complicated than you may expect. Generally in a hybrid or certainly in a cloud-based environment there will be no […]

Better Intranets Conference 2014

Better Intranets Conference 2014

[ 0 ] May 11, 2014

I have been lucky enough to be invited to speak at the first Better Intranets Conference in Edmonton on June 12th. From the website the Better Intranets Conference is: We’re bringing people together to talk about intranets. What’s working? What challenges are others facing? What have they done to improve things? At nForm’s Better Intranets conference you’ll […]

Office 365 Content Search Display Templates

Office 365 Content Search Display Templates

[ 0 ] April 28, 2014

I’m going to be starting a series of articles that outlines how to work with Search, Display Templates, Result Types and Result Sources. The first of this series will target specifically the Content Search web part, and some Office 365 gotchas. One of the biggest challenges I find when working with display templates, is getting […]

Adding Spreadsheets to Nintex Forms

Adding Spreadsheets to Nintex Forms

[ 0 ] November 25, 2013

*** Edit *** When you assume… Daniel Kinal, was good enough to get in touch with me and let me know the error of my ways. You can now use calculated fields within repeating sections to achieve the same result.  There’s a tutorial here.  If you’ve come here looking for the solution, I can at […]